We are all shocked and horrified by the recent events in Paris. Words cannot begin to make sense of such senseless violence, atrocities and the pain and suffering it has left behind. Whenever the world witnesses such horror there is understandably so much anger, hatred and grief felt by all. How do we come to terms with what is left behind. How can we support each other through these bewildering events that occur far too often. Be it at the hand of man or nature disasters on this level unite us all and leave us wondering what can we do to help.
And the amazing thing is, there is always a glimmer of hope that emerges from dark days such as this one. There is the resilience, strength, and honour of the majority that prevails and refuses to be defeated. While hundreds of people are now at their lowest point, their hearts breaking and their worlds lying shattered around them it is now the duty of the rest of us to help, in whatever way we are able, to offer our love, kindness, compassion and support to assist those who need it most.
Charity is a profoundly personal concept, what is a worthy cause to one may not qualify as such for another. And that is no bad thing, our varying moral compasses ensure that a greater spectrum of causes receive attention. The important thing is to do something, for someone or something you believe in. One selfless act of kindness, be it financial, an investment of time or raising awareness for a cause you believe in is a practical way to help us dispel the darkness that at times threatens to envelop us.
We are all busy people, we all have a hundred and one things to think about each day but if the recent events made you stop in your tracks and made you feel fortunate and a little more aware of the fragility of life then we urge you to just consider for a moment more what you can do today to help someone in need.
With this in mind we are proud to share the efforts of our resident walking guide and all round good guy, Davy Johnston, in his latest campaign for Walking with the Wounded.
Hi Davy from Yeotown here. During my 23 years service I was very lucky never to be wounded. Some of the young people supported by this charity were wounded the very first time they were ever away from home. To lose one limb is life changing, to lose more is unthinkable and yet, that is what the people supported by this charity have to do every day. Please help me to help them. I will be Walking Home for Christmas from Yeotown to my home in Exeter at the end of our last retreat this year. Google thinks it is 72km but I might manage some tactical choosing of ground which may trim that marginally. My wife wants me to walk through the night to make it more difficult for me… We shall see….A Very Merry Christmas to you and your families! Please consider making a donation to help make Christmas better, or even a possibility, for these worthy people, injured because we put them in harm’s way and they did not back away from challenge and danger. Thank you.
If you would like to support Walking With The Wounded please visit Davy’s Virgin Money Giving page here.